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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Sabbath in Text and Tradition


Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Sabbath in Text and Tradition Group invites papers in two linked areas for this coming year. 1) Sabbath Observance Biblical and post-biblical texts offer long arrays of commandments, both positive and negative, defining the observance of the Sabbath. This session welcomes papers that focus on the biblical and post-biblical construction of Sabbath observances, exploring the various definitions of Sabbath commandments; differences between biblical and post-biblical interpretations of Sabbath observance; the historical growth and development of ideologies of Sabbath observance in Antiquity and Late Antiquity; letter vs. spirit of the law in Sabbath observance; Sabbath observance as viewed and described by insiders and outsiders; disputes about the parameters of Sabbath observance; the connection between Sabbath observance and righteousness, and other related topics. 2) Sabbath Violations Violation of the Sabbath carries with it severe penalties present from the earliest strands of biblical literature. This session welcomes papers that inquire about texts that confront such violation from a number of perspectives: definitions of violation; penalties (both divine and human) in response to Sabbath violation; historical growth and development of responses to Sabbath violation; letter vs. spirit of the law in Sabbath violation; Sabbath violation as disqualifying act and sign of unsuitability; altered definitions of violation in response to new historical realities; sacrificial and other atoning responses to Sabbath violation, and other related topics.

Program Unit Chairs

 Edward Allen
 Aaron D. Panken

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

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